Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Bitesize Prediction: Wigan vs Sunderland – 29/12/22

Competition: Championship

Market: Sunderland double chance

Odds: 8/15 @ 888sport

Looking to make it back-to-back Championship wins on Thursday night and spring an upset on the road, Sunderland will make the trip to Wigan.

Starting with the hosts, while Wigan might have made their Ligue 1 return last season, the Latics have really struggled to find much stability this time around. Opening Thursday’s fixtures sat three points adrift of safety and tipped as a leading relegation pick, new boss Kolo Toure knows that he has quite the job on his hands. Last seen on Boxing Day when putting in a nightmare display as they were hit with a 4-1 drumming away at Middlesbrough, fans around the DW Stadium should be bracing themselves for what could be another tough test here. Despite claiming a much-needed 2-1 win against fellow strugglers Blackpool prior to the World Cup break, it appears that was just a minor boost. In fact, Wigan have bagged just a single victory from any of their last 11 showdowns across all formats – a run that stems all the way back to October 11th.

As for the visitors, putting in another impressive display on Boxing Day as they claimed a 2-1 victory at home against promotion contenders Blackburn, the mood in Sunderland’s camp should be at a real high. Impressing many since making their own Championship return this season, the Black Cats will be smelling the chance to lay down another marker here. Finding a route into the top-half of the table and remarkably sat just a single point adrift of breaking into the play-off places, Tony Mowbray’s men have lost just one of their last five second-tier outings. Marking their return from the World Cup break with a thumping 3-0 win at home against Millwall, Sunderland have also continued to gain a reputation for their success on the road. Unbeaten on their travels since the middle of October, we’re backing an away double chance here.

Bet: Sunderland double chance against Wigan 8/15 for Thursday’s Championship contest @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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